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HEAD RACQUET REBELS ARE WELL PREPARED FOR AUSTRALIAN OPEN

January 12th, 2014

Sydney/Australia - HEAD Racquet Rebels dominated at the Sydney ATP-WTA event in the run-up to the Australian Open, with Tsvetana Pironkova winning the women's singles, Bernard Tomic finishing runner-up in men's singles, Nenad Zimonjic playing on the winning side in men's doubles and Roberta Vinci's team reaching the women's doubles final. Klara Zakopalova, new in the HEAD Team, finished runner-up in women’s singles at Hobart and won the title in the doubles.

Qualifier Pironkova, 2010 Wimbledon finalist, who endorses the YouTek™ Graphene Instinct, made a breakthrough as she won her first WTA title with a 6-4, 6-4, upset of German Angelique Kerber. The Racquet Rebel lifted her game at just the right moment before the start of the grand slam as she became the first winner from qualifying on the WTA since summer 2010. "I was nervous but tried my hardest not to show it. I was trying to concentrate so hard that I only saw the ball," Pironkova said. "Winning a WTA title is something I've been waiting for so long."

At Hobart Klara Zakopalova, who endorses the YouTek™ Graphene Speed, was playing the 13th WTA final of her career. On her way she was able to win over No. 1 seeded Samantha Stosur from Australia. "I'm so happy I beat a player like Sammy - she's a Grand Slam champion, so for me it's a big victory here," Zakopalova said afterwards. Zakopalova returned the court later on for the doubles final alongside Monica Niculescu, and they won, beating No.2 seeds Lisa Raymond and Zhang Shuai in a match tie-break, 6-2 6-7(5) 10-8. Niculescu and Zakopalova reached their second WTA doubles title together, after winning their first just a week ago in Shenzhen.

Bernard Tomic, who recently joined the HEAD family and recommends the YouTek™ Graphene Radical, put up a fight against Juan Del Potro but could not produce a repeat of his 2013 home title, losing 3-6, 1-6.

Nenad Zimonjic, who endorses the YouTek™ Graphene Speed, is back again with partner Daniel Nestor, with the pair winning the title over Indian Rohan Bopanna and Aisam Qureshi 7-6(3), 7-6(3) while Roberta Vinci and partner Sara Errani lost a tight final to Timea Babos and Lucie Safarova 5-7, 6-3, 7-10 (match tiebreaker).

Elsewhere around the Southern Hemisphere, HEAD placed a pair of rebels into finals, with Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun going down to John Isner 6(4)-7, 6(7)-7 at the Auckland ATP event. At Melbourne's Kooyong Classic, HEAD Racquet Rebel Tomas Berdych, who recommends the YouTek™ Graphene Instinct, went down in the final to Kei Nishikori 4-6, 5-7.

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